How far can the mercy of God extend? Is there a limit? According to Jesus’ own revelations to St. Faustina, the answer is no. God’s mercy for His creation is unfathomable, without boundary, and unlimited by any constraint, human, or non-human.
In an amazing, even surprising ecumenical moment in the Catholic Church’s first World Congress on Divine Mercy, Russian Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev, bishop of Vienna and Austria as well as temporary administrator of the Diocese of Budapest and Hungary, took Divine Mercy to its logical conclusion. God is Love, all He created and sustains is always loved by Him. Even the creation that rejects Him continues in existence by His love. This unfathomable Divine Mercy can even make hell, “Gehenna,” temporary, according to Bishop Hilarion, who spoke on Day 3 of the Congress (Friday, April 5) at St. John Lateran Basilica.
After Bishop Hilarion’s presentation, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, who is presiding over the Congress in the name of Pope Benedict XVI, chatted warmly with Bishop Hilarion, shaking his hand and thanking him for his “courageous witness on the absolute mercy of God.”
Read the rest of the report here, and a longish excerpt from His Grace’s talk on Saint Isaac the Syrian may be found here. Isaac the Syrian, by the way, was an Assyrian (“Nestorian”) bishop of the late VI century. He and a pious Polish nun of the early XX century have much to teach the world about the Divine Mercy.